I have PCOS and had breast surgery a few years ago to remove a tumour and surrounding tissue. There is evidence to suggest that 30% Of women with PCOS struggle to breastfeed because the high circulating levels of testosterone this condition causes interferes with the development of glandular tissue at puberty.
I had my first daughter last year after fertility treatment and seemed to be one of this 30%: breasts never increased in size, were soft and never became hard, milk never came in. Am now pregnant again and due to deliver in a few weeks and am desperately hoping I can breastfeed this time.
I have got some RL support lined up but have read interesting things about Goat's Rue, in particular that it can help women with PCOS increase milk supply. I wondered if anyone had experience of this and do you know if I should start taking it before the birth or after and in what quantity?
I'm hoping you're right. Most women with PCOS can breastfeed (70%); those that have problems with supply are the women who were affected by PCOS during puberty.
I have seen a good NCT advisor and a dr. who both have experience of this so hopefully I will be able to breastfeed this time. I became quite depressed when I couldn't manage it with my dd and don't want to go through that again.